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, steven tyler and jennifer lopez. more than 100 contestants made the cut from the thousands who originally tried out there. two from our area. sherri ly was in jersey city with more on. that. >> reporter: i'm courtney, 19 years old and i will be singing vivala vida by coldplay. >> reporter: she hopes this "american idol" audition will be different. she tried out twice before. >> the second time i forgot the words. >> reporter: she's never made it this far and going before the idol judges in jersey city and trying to get to hollywood. >> reporter: i know i just need a couple of minutes. >> reporter: her knees shook anxiously waiting for her turn to perform. a family friend is nervous for her, too. >> music is her life. we're excited about this opportunity. this is going to change her whole world. >> reporter: courtney has more than 20,000 followers on her youtube chapel. "american idol" has 20 million. >> and the contestants said they grew up watching the show. >> reporter: with steven tyler and jennifer lopez added to the mix, this year's contestants are not sure what to expect. >> i have
and jennifer lopez. >> i'm very nervous, because there's new judges, and i don't know i love jennifer lopez so i'm really scared to go in front of her. >> hopefully steven tyler digs me. i'm going to sing one of his tunes and j-lo has got my style. >> i'm beyond excited. >> reporter: for the judges optimism was the only ray of sunshine on this cloudy day. >> the chemistry will be there. i've known both jennifer and steven a long time individually so i think it's going to be really really cool, man and listen they are so super-stoked and charged to do this so i think it's going to be fun. >> it's just talking to kids that come here with a dream and a wish to do something and me just saying hey you know what you're great. >> reporter: more than 100 contestants set to show the judges what they've got the waiting was getting the best of them. >> i think i am nervous. the first round this time wasn't as unnerving because i've done it before, the second round whatever, but this one is like it's new judges
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